Decorating Guides

Matching Corian to Oak Cabinets

Offered in a variety of shades and patterns — 110 in the time of publication — which will complement and improve oak cabinetry, Corian can be utilized for your counters, sink and sink alike, creating a seamless appearance. The insulation is resistant to most stains and can be mended in your house if the need ever arise. Layout and contour are limited only by your creativity as Corian can be easily molded and formed to any shape. *For consistency, all cabinetry discussed is solid red oak with a natural finish to highlight the grain *.

Light and Beachy

If your thoughts are tending toward a mild neutral that is going to keep the kitchen feeling warm, try either **Clam Shell or Burled Beach**. Clam Shell is the lighter, more neutral of both with only a subtle pattern and small color variation; whereas, Burled Beach introduces both yellow-brown and gray-brown tones and veining to its layout. Both have adequate gray they’ll highlight stainless steel appliances without allowing them to dominate the space. Consider a light maple floor to enable the cabinetry and counters to shine.

Dark and Earthy

**Deep Caviar** is a warm, dark chocolate brown with no notable pattern which will pull the darker oak grain and diminish the influence of the oak’s natural yellow undertone. Add in an earthy element by installing a backsplash in **Basil**, which features [“dramatic waves of green and nutmeg fennel peppered with gold metallic sparkles”]( The material’s natural movement sends the eye around the room while picking up on stainless steel and nickel accents. Paint the walls a muddy green and the lines of either olive or sage.

Icy Cool

Hazelnut is a cool white with motions of gray and brownish coriander. But depending on the lighting and other materials utilized, **Hazelnut** occasionally appears to also consist of green tones. The grays and browns improve the darker tones of this cabinetry while the white and dark gray hues create maximum flexibility for either white, black or stainless steel appliances. For the ground, install big dark gray-brown tiles compared to glossy white glass subway tile and accent glass mosaic band with chrome or charcoal accents. Layer in white ceramics and glass via lighting and accessories.

A Different Dimension

From afar, **Elderberry** looks like the ocean, featuring multiple shades of dark blue. Upon closer inspection, you can also see white highlights and speckles of black and gold. It’s both dark and dramatic. To lighten it up but keep the flow moving between counter and backsplash, consider **Venaro White**, a white-on-white pattern having a gentle marbleized appearance. Conversely, choose a gray and white flat strip mosaic. Both backsplash options will maintain the feeling of movement, and the kitchen will feel cool but refined.

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